-Hacking group made extraordinary recording of January conference call
-Included discussion about prosecution of hackers linked to Anonymous
-They published top secret email 'sent by FBI agent' giving call passcode
-Also take over Boston police dept and Greek Ministry of Justice website
-Shows growing influence of group making fools of law enforcement
By MARK DUELL
Trademark mask: Anonymous published a top secret email 'sent by an FBI agent', which gave details and a password for accessing a sensitive call (file picture)
A confidential call between the FBI and Scotland Yard was recorded by hacking group Anonymous - the very people they were trying to catch, it was revealed today.
The group released a 15-minute tape of what appears to be a conference call last month about tracking and prosecuting the group’s members.
The top-secret conversation begins with a bizarre exchange between the U.S. and British agents, where they talk about cheese and eating 'McDonald's at the Pentagon'.
Investigation: Those on the call talk about legal strategies in the cases of Ryan Cleary, left, and Jake Davis, right - two British suspects linked to Anonymous
It is not known whether cheese and McDonald's are codenames or if the transcript simply reveals what is really at the top of the list of priorities of our law enforcement officers.
There is also one point when 'Bruce', the U.S. agent, says to the British agent 'Stuart': 'I'm not sure if we're the only two on right now or not'.
Anonymous also published a top secret email apparently sent by an FBI agent, which gave details and a password for accessing the call.
Boast: The group gloated on Twitter as they released a recording of what appears to be a conference call last month about prosecuting their members
The cyber raid is the most audacious and sinister yet to be carried out by the shadowy hacking group and shows how powerful Anonymous has become.
And in a display of their growing reach, Anonymous also claimed credit for hacking the websites of the police forces in Boston, Massachusetts, and Salt Lake City, Utah.
This came hours after they attacked the Greek Ministry of Justice site. ‘The FBI might be curious how we're able to continuously read their internal comms for some time now,’ the group tweeted.
Embarrassment: The Federal Bureau of Investigation's headquarters are seen in Washington D.C. on Friday
The recording, which has since been verified by the FBI, appears to have been edited to bleep out the names of some suspects being discussed.
The Federal Bureau of Investigation said the information ‘was intended for law enforcement officers only and was illegally obtained.’
Intercepted call: A view of New Scotland Yard, the headquarters of the London Metropolitan Police
‘A criminal investigation is under way to identify and hold accountable those responsible,’ the law-enforcement bureau added.
'We are aware of the video, which relates to an FBI conference call involving a PCeU (Police Central e-crime Unit) representative,' London's Metropolitan Police said on Friday.